Things are more than a little bit tense in our house at the moment. The reason? We’re on Ofsted watch – waiting for the call that could change everything. Continue reading Ofsted Watch: A House on the Edge
Once upon a time, I was in love with teaching. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t for me. This is why I left teaching: the job that broke my heart. Continue reading Why I Left Teaching: The Job That Broke My Heart
Penny talks us through using her idea of a ‘happy place’ when things get tough. Continue reading Wellbeing: Where’s Your Happy Place?
Imagine the scenario: your colleague in the classroom next to you has been noticeably quieter recently. They have stopped going to the staff room for lunch, isolating themselves in their classroom and often working late into the evening. Far from … Continue reading Wellbeing: Spotting the Signs
When you’re a teacher, you learn fairly quickly that your job is fair game. Most people went to school, so most people have an opinion on how schools should be run. And the more relaxed these people get, the more … Continue reading 5 Topics to Avoid on a Date with a Teacher
While a greater focus and need for mental health provisions has obviously become increasingly prominent in recent years, we ask whether or not steps could be made to make mental health provisions for teachers, especially NQTs having a rough time, … Continue reading Teacher Mental Health: Reactive, not Proactive
In response to the #WheresYourHeadAt campaign, we explore the role of mental health first aid in the workplace and why self care is crucial… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid – ‘You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup’
Stress. Pressure. Strain. It doesn’t matter what synonym you use for it, the outcome is the same. Sometimes the never-ending to-do list can make you feel overwhelmed and under-resourced. What do you need to tell yourself to cope with the demand of your role and make sure that your life isn’t all work and no fun? Accept your limits This is an important one. The fact is that you aren’t going to get everything done in the day. You can productive and efficient yet sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This doesn’t mean that you should stay … Continue reading Turn ‘Stress’ into ‘Rest!
Everyone loves good teacher stories, whether anecdotal or otherwise! Penny SK’s teacher story however, sets a new benchmark! It might just be every teachers’ worst nightmare… Continue reading Teacher Stories – Is This Lesson Every Teacher’s Worst Nightmare?
Content writer Debi, a former pastoral manager, maths teacher and head of year for over 20 years shares some quick tips for managing the classroom. Returning to school in January tends to go one of two ways – the students are either so worn out from the excitement or they’re bouncing off the walls. Both apathy and boundless energy present a challenge to the new and seasoned teacher alike and if the festive holidays have left your memory a little hazy, here are a few quick bullet-point reminders to get the behaviour back on track. Be fair and consistent. Do … Continue reading Quick Behaviour Management Tips for the Classroom